Education

Retiring Unity band director honored at open house reception

Retiring Unity High School band director Bill Jean was honored at a reception hosted by the Unity Music Boosters on May 10.
Parents and students presented Jean with gifts and talked about how he has affected them.
“It’s been awesome to have him with us,” Unity senior Daniel King said.

Read the full story in the May 26 issue.


Unit 7 school district lowering tax rate slightly

The Unit 7 school district’s tax rate is decreasing from $4.46 to $4.44 per $100 equalized assessed valuation.
Out of the 15 Champaign County school districts, only Champaign Unit 4 has a lower tax rate, $4.41.
Superintendent Andy Larson said the lower tax rate is a reflection of the school board being “very fiscally responsible” and relying on other revenue streams for its spending.


Mother's Day Tea

The Kitty Cat room at the Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana in Savoy held its annual Mother’s Day Tea on May 6. Students decorated boxes to give their mothers and made special keepsake books for them. Mothers enjoyed muffins and teacups of pink lemonade. Students entertained the mothers by singing a tune they learned called “The ABC's of You.”


Ceremony sends 110 new graduates out into the world

Unity High School’s Class of 2016 graduated on Sunday, with more than 100 students receiving their diplomas.
Hundreds of family members and friendss attended the 67th annual commencement ceremony at the Rocket Center.
Keegan Payne gave the Class of 2016 address and said that class members have continued to graduate in small ways throughout their four years at Unity.


Grandparents' Day

Generations came together at St. Thomas Catholic Grade School as students welcomed their grandparents Friday for Grandparents’ Day. The day started with a Mass prepared by the kindergarten and first-grade students. Everyone then enjoyed coffee, doughnuts and milk together before students provided a program.


Superintendent: Unity Junior High School safe despite student fight

Superintendent Andy Larson wants to assure Unity Junior High School students’ parents that their children are safe at the school.
There was an altercation involving two students as they were getting off of the bus last Wednesday morning at the school.
“It got physical, and some words were exchanged,” Larson said.

Read the full story in the April 14 issue of The County Star.


Program helps failing students

Unity Junior High School Principal Laura Fitzgerald recently told the school board about a program that addresses students with failing grades.
“We see a lot of great progress,” counselor Stephanie Grussing said.
At the end of the first semester, about 15 percent of junior high students were failing one or more classes.


Three chosen for Hall of Fame

Three graduates of Unity High School have been selected as the 13th class of inductees to the Unity High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
The 13th class will include a police officer, a scientist and a music composer. School staff and the National Honor Society will honor the inductees at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.


Unit 7 signs off on Okaw merger

Unit 7 officials on Wednesday gave their blessing to the proposed merger of the Okaw Valley Conference and the Corn Belt Conference.
The school board voted unanimously to approve joining the new athletic conference starting in the 2017-18 school year.
“I’m excited,” Superintendent Andrew Larson said.

Read the full story in the March 24 issue of The County Star.


Schools can help hungry Illinois students with free breakfast program

In Illinois, 20.8 percent of all children don’t know where they will get their next meal. Children who go without breakfast spend the day hungry and struggle in school, socially and academically.


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